Patents Examined by Nicholas J Weiss
  • Patent number: 10046355
    Abstract: A dispenser for a fluid material includes a handle portion and a cartridge having the material to be dispensed. The cartridge is easily mounted to the handle portion or removed, whereby the handle portion may be used with a variety of cartridges, each of which may contain a selected material. The handle portion includes a plunger that is moved linearly by actuation of a trigger mechanism, which is engaged by a user's finger. The trigger mechanism is configured to release pressure applied to the plunger quickly upon release of pressure on the trigger and to allow the plunger to move away from the cartridge to ensure release of pressure in the material to be dispensed to prevent dripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Adhesive Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Belanger, Peter S. Melendy
  • Patent number: 10047875
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an intermediate bulk container (IBC) and a valve opening/closing device therefor. The container comprises a base, side plates, and a valve installed at the bottom of the container. The valve opening/closing device comprises a handle, a motion-transferring device and a valve opening/closing mechanism. The handle is installed at the side plate and is connected with the motion-transferring device. The motion-transferring device is at least partially located in the cavity between two sidewalls of the side plate of the container or at least partially located in the groove provided on the side plate, and is used to transfer the actions acting on the handle to the valve opening/closing mechanism to open/close the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SHANGHAI HONGYAN RETURNABLE TRANSIT PACKAGINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zuocheng Qian, Kai Gong, Zhengwei Fang
  • Patent number: 10046348
    Abstract: The invention relates to a metering dispenser for putting out pasty or viscous material, comprising a dispenser housing, a cartridge arranged therein, an applicator and a pump unit. The metering dispenser according to the invention is provided with an actuating device which is formed by a push button, wherein the pump unit is activated by pushing the push button into the housing in order to put out the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Gerhard Brugger
  • Patent number: 10034583
    Abstract: A stroke adjuster and an associated dispenser are provided. An example embodiment provides a dispenser configured to dispense a fluid or foam and comprising a housing and a stroke adjuster. The housing comprises at least one housing engagement surface and defines an adjuster receiving area. The adjuster receiving area is configured to receive the stroke adjuster in one of either a first orientation or a second orientation. When the stroke adjuster is oriented within the dispenser in the first orientation a first surface is oriented upward and, when the dispenser is activated, a lower pump engagement surface of the pump is engaged by the first surface of the stroke adjuster. When the stroke adjuster is oriented within the dispenser in the second position a second surface is oriented upward and, when the dispenser is activated, the lower pump engagement surface is engaged by the housing engagement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Ryan David Carignan, Jacob Charles Dahl
  • Patent number: 10016781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a caulking gun for dispensing viscous material comprising a stock a cartridge keep a push rod longitudinally moveably mounted in the stock provided at its one end with a plunger which engages the piston of a cartridge placed in the cartridge keep, means for engaging the push rod to advance it, brake means hinged to the stock and provided with a clearance hole for engaging the push rod such that the push rod is moveable in a direction advancing the push rod towards the cartridge and is held in a direction retreating the push rod from the cartridge, which brake means are arranged to travel to a first position relative to the stock as the push rod advances and to a second position as the push rod retreats thereby defining the retreat of the push rod, the brake means being inclined relative to the axis of the push rod and adjusting means for varying the retreat of the push rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Altachem NV
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Poppe, Lieven Sichien
  • Patent number: 10017300
    Abstract: Flexible containers with product dispensing visibility. The containers may include: a multiple dose product volume; a structural support frame that supports the product volume in a stand-up orientation; a dispenser; and a flow channel in fluid communication with the product volume and the dispenser. The flow channel may be made from flexible materials forming a sealed leg of a gusset. Fluent product may flow from the product volume, through the flow channel, and out the dispenser when the container is externally compressed. The sealed leg of the gusset has a first side and a second side. The first side of the sealed leg of the gusset has opaque decoration that overlays substantially all of the flow channel, and the second side of the sealed leg of the gusset has one or more non-opaque portions that overlay the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Stephen McGuire, Lee Mathew Arent, Scott Kendyl Stanley, Charles John Berg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10017371
    Abstract: A dispenser machine for storing and dispensing viscous foods and beverages and provides for the efficient and safe dispensation of a viscous food or beverage product that is contained in a flexible product container and which does not come into direct contact with the dispenser equipment. The dispenser includes an evacuation system which includes a weighted roller or slidable weight in contact with one or more sides of the product container and which operates by force of gravity to pressure and direct the food or beverage product contained in the container toward and out of the bag or container tube spout. A pump unit, which is configurable to provide for the dispensation of both food and beverage products with different viscosities by the addition or removal of one or pump pins, draws product from the container as desired and the pump unit pins operate to pinch and prevent the flow of product from the container tube spout after the pump is shut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TRV Dispense, LLC
    Inventors: Tracy Vulpitta, Erwin Vulpitta, Scott Northuis
  • Patent number: 10016097
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly for dispensing a liquid product includes a bottle configured to store the product, a venting pump connected to the bottle and configured to control dispensing of the product from the bottle, a mounting component, and an enclosure connected to the mounting component and engaging the bottle, wherein the enclosure is movable relative to the mounting component between an open configuration and a closed configuration, and wherein the bottle is selectively removable from the enclosure when the enclosure is in the open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Vi-Jon, Inc.
    Inventors: Donna M. Santoro, Andy Lee Kirkpatrick, Kacey James Kreuter, Stephen John Kocis, Lesley S. Corker, Stephen Joel Zwonitzer, Russell Kroll, Randal Porter
  • Patent number: 10005095
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly for dispensing fluid generally includes a container having a handle located toward an upper portion of the container, and a sprayer having arms extending away from the sprayer. The arms of the sprayer define a channel configured to receive at least part of the handle of the container within the channel to thereby couple the sprayer to the container. Such a dispensing assembly can be made by forming the container with a handle located toward an upper portion of the container, and forming the sprayer with the arms such that the arms can be used to couple the sprayer to the handle of the container, where the arms extend away from the sprayer and define the channel for receiving at least part of the handle of the container into the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Voelker
  • Patent number: 10005602
    Abstract: A collapsible pouch (1) is provided with a closure assembly (10; 110; 210; 310; 410), which comprises a monolithic spout base and cap part (11; 111; 311) and a tubular inner part (30; 130; 230; 330; 430). The inner part comprises a fixation portion (31; 131; 331; 431) and a neck portion (32; 132; 232) and has been inserted into the spout base and cap part via the lower opening of the bore thereof in a pre-assembly operation prior to sealing of the pre-assembled closure assembly between the two walls (3, 4) of the pouch. The fixation portion is received and fixed in the bore of the spout base (12; 112; 212). The neck portion protrudes from the spout base into the cap cavity and extends to a mouth opening (34; 134) of the neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Scholle IPN IP BV
    Inventor: Peter Jan Van Der Molen
  • Patent number: 9999896
    Abstract: A piston pump with an improved arrangement by which a piston-forming element is movable relative to a piston chamber-forming element between locked and unlocked positions. The piston chamber-forming body has a collar member having an inner guide tube coaxially about an axis with a lug member extending radially inwardly therefrom and the piston-forming element has a slide tube coaxially radially inwardly of the collar member with the slide tube carrying motion control features for interaction and engagement with the lug member whereby relative axial and rotational movement of the piston-forming element relative to the piston chamber-forming body provides for the adoption of positions in which the pump is operable to dispense fluid and positions in which the pump is inoperative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: OP-Hygiene IP GmbH
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Andrew Jones
  • Patent number: 9987645
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an atomizer for dispensing cleaning solution from a capsule is provided. The atomizer comprises a handle, a base, and a pipette extending from the base to the nozzle. The handle comprises a nozzle, a trigger, and a capsule receiving portion. The base comprises a reservoir portion configured for receiving cleaning solution from the capsule. The handle is configured to be secured to the base. When the capsule is positioned within the capsule receiving portion and the handle is secured to the base the cleaning solution is provided to the reservoir portion. When the capsule is positioned within the capsule receiving portion, the handle is secured to the base, and the trigger is activated, the cleaning solution is dispensed from the reservoir portion through the pipette and out of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Butler's Brand, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Richman, David N. Youdovin
  • Patent number: 9981785
    Abstract: A tamper evident closure and spout are provided. The closure includes an outer wall and a central wall supported from the outer wall. The closure defines a passage extending between an upper edge and a lower edge of the closure and located between an inner surface of the outer wall and an outer surface of the central wall. The closure includes a tamper-indicating band extending from the central wall. The spout includes a wall portion and a central channel extending through the wall portion between an inlet opening and an outlet opening. The spout includes a structure located below the inlet opening the first and second exterior surfaces are both angled toward the central axis of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventor: Gary Berge
  • Patent number: 9974247
    Abstract: A pumping device for liquids is described which comprises a tank for liquids, from which a feeding pipe of a pump with a solar panel draws. The tank consists of a supporting frame with tubular uprights and upper and lower horizontal connection lengths, which supports and surrounds a flexible bag for containing liquids and has an upper connection crossbar of the upper horizontal lengths of the supporting frame, on which the pump with solar panel is mounted. The bag has a lower filling hole or mouth, in which the feeding pipe can be inserted and an overflow hole made in the upper of part of its side wall in position lower than said mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CLABER S.P.A.
    Inventors: Dario Spadotto, Gaetano Franchini
  • Patent number: 9974416
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a housing, an aperture, a receptacle, a heating element, and an actuator. When a reservoir is received within the receptacle, an outlet port of the reservoir is exposed through the aperture. The heating element heats fluid housed within the reservoir. The actuator provides a dispensing force that induces a flow of the heated fluid. In some embodiments, the heater is an inductive heater. In other embodiments, the heater is a resistive heater. The dispenser dispenses the fluid through the aperture. Another embodiment of a dispenser may include a housing, an aperture, a receptacle within the housing, an actuator configured to receive a fluid reservoir, and a power source. The power source provides power to the actuator. The power source includes an alternating current source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Toaster Labs, INc.
    Inventors: Amy Carol Buckalter, David Oscar Iverson, Garet Glenn Nenninger, Roland David Horth, Jonathan B. Hadley
  • Patent number: 9975681
    Abstract: A front pull piercing valve assembly attached to a flexible container, whereby; when the wall of the flexible container is pulled into contact with a piercing element in the assembly, the contents of the container are dispensed by piercing the wall of the container and liquid flows through the valve assembly and directly into a container or through flexible hose or another connection to be dispensed. The valve assembly is configured in such a manner that during use it is filed with the liquid being dispensed thereby preventing the liquid in the flexible container from being exposed to air, namely, oxygen that often causes spoilage of certain liquids, such as wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: LIQUI-BOX CORPORATION
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9975140
    Abstract: A cartridge fitting portion of a cylindrical syringe made of a resin includes an end surface opening portion, a continuous opening portion continuous with the end surface opening portion, opened in a radial direction, and extending in an extending direction, and a recess portion configured to communicate with the end surface opening portion, the continuous opening portion, and an internal passage in a cylindrical body. The recess portion includes a flange fitting recess to be fitted with a flange portion of a cartridge, and a cylindrical portion fitting recess that communicates with the flange fitting recess and is fitted with a part of the cylindrical portion. A wall portion surrounding the cylindrical portion fitting recess of the cartridge fitting portion is configured to warp into snap engagement with the part of the cylindrical portion when the part of the cylindrical portion is inserted from the continuous opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SHOFU INC.
    Inventors: Ryouji Takei, Akira Yoneda, Shuji Sakamoto, Yusei Kadobayashi
  • Patent number: 9975663
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly (100) for dispensing fluid generally includes a container (104) having a handle (126) located toward an upper portion of the container (104), and a sprayer (106) having an arm extending away from the sprayer. The arm (142) of the sprayer (106) defines a channel (158) configured to receive at least part of the handle (126) of the container (104) within the channel (158) to thereby couple the sprayer (106) to the container (104). Such a dispensing assembly (100) can be made by forming the container (104) with a handle (104) located toward an upper portion of the container (104), and forming the sprayer (106) with the arm (142) such that the arm (142) can be used to couple the sprayer (106) to the handle (126) of the container (104), where the arm (142) extends away from the sprayer (16) and defines the channel (158) for receiving at least part of the handle (126) of the container (104) into the channel (158).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Voelker
  • Patent number: 9968177
    Abstract: A system is provided for selecting and dispensing a cosmetic material. The system includes a dispensing apparatus configured to hold a plurality of cartridges each having a different cosmetic material and to dispense at least one cosmetic material from at least one of the cartridges; a user interface configured to receive a selection of a color from a user; and circuitry configured to receive the selection of the color received at the user interface, determine an amount of each of one or more cosmetic materials to form the selected color, transmit the determined amount of each of the one or more cosmetic materials to the dispensing apparatus, and control the dispensing apparatus to dispense the determined amount of each of the one or more cosmetic materials from the plurality of cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: GĂ©raldine Thiebaut, Jean-Baptiste Blanc, Frank Giron, Eric Wing-Jing Lam, Helga C. Malaprade, Rafal M. Pielak, Henri Samain, Marcie Lynne Hamilton, Philipe Roget Manoux, Andrew Timm Windler
  • Patent number: 9969553
    Abstract: A hopper apparatus comprises a movable wall comprising opposing walls movably connected to a support assembly and oriented at acute angles relative to a central vertical axis of the support assembly, and movement control devices configured and positioned to move the opposing walls along the support assembly to control dimensions of a discharge outlet at least partially defined by converging ends of the opposing walls; a liner assembly comprising liner structures at least partially overlying inner surfaces of the opposing walls and configured to remain at least partially stationary relative to the opposing walls during movement of the opposing walls; and pressure sensors between the inner surfaces of opposing walls and portions of the liner structures thereover. A bulk solids processing system and a method of processing a bulk solid are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Lott Westover, John Chadron Benjamin Ryan, Austin Colter Matthews, Sergio Hernandez